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Posted: Monday, October 31, 2011 2:33 pm | Updated: 8:05 pm, Mon Oct 31, 2011.

(AP) — The injury situation is looking better for the Rams and the Texans this week, with star players from each team showing signs of being ready to return.

St. Louis quarterback Sam Bradford is no longer wearing a protective boot on his left ankle and began to exercise Monday, while Houston wide receiver Andre Johnson could be cleared to play after missing four games with a right hamstring injury.

However, Texans linebacker Darryl Sharpton will have surgery this week after tearing a tendon in his right quadriceps in Sunday's win against Jacksonville.

Coach Gary Kubiak said he'll wait to see how Johnson practices before clearing him to play against Cleveland.

Bradford, recovering from a high ankle sprain, has missed the past two games, including the Rams' first win — 31-21 over New Orleans on Sunday.

"He did some strengthening exercises this morning," Rams coach Steve Spagnuolo said. "He's moving around a little bit. I don't know that we'll get him on Wednesday (for practice), but we'll slowly work him in there. He's about the same right now. He'll be day to day and we'll see where we are after Wednesday."

A person familiar with the status of Miami Dolphins center Mike Pouncey says medical tests show no damage to the rookie's neck, and he might be able to return to practice this week.

The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Monday because the Dolphins hadn't commented on the test results.

Pouncey left Sunday's game against the New York Giants in the second half with a neck injury after taking a blow to the head. He said that he briefly couldn't feel his legs, but that he felt fine after the game.

Arizona quarterback Kevin Kolb had his right foot in a walking boot on Monday to protect a turf toe injury and said he had "no idea" whether he would be able to play in Sunday's home game against St. Louis.

Kolb was injured early in Sunday's 30-27 loss at Baltimore but stayed in the game and, in his words, "just tried to gut it out." He was sacked a season-high six times in the Cardinals' sixth consecutive loss.

The New York Giants came out of their win over Miami with a few players nicked up. Center David Bass (right knee) and wide receiver Hakeem Nicks (hamstring) are day to day, running back Ahmad Bradshaw has a sore right foot and cornerback Justin Tryon is likely out for the season with a broken right arm.

Philadelphia Eagles backup linebacker Akeem Jordan sustained a concussion, and will be evaluated during the week, while kick returner/defensive back Dion Lewis should practice Thursday after missing Sunday's win over Dallas following a minor car accident.

Detroit Lions running back Jahvid Best missed his second straight game with a concussion and the team's bye week doesn't lead coach Jim Schwartz to thinking he'll have Best back Nov. 13 at Chicago.

"It's not one of those things you can't have a timetable on," Schwartz said. "It's not something you can put tape around or tough out."

Lions rookie defensive tackle Nick Fairley, meanwhile, said an off week make him "110-percent healthy" for the game against the Bears. Fairley was out for two months after having surgery on his left foot, played in three games, then was inactive for Detroit's 45-10 win Sunday at Denver. He said he plans to spend a lot of time this week at the team headquarters to rehab his foot that was in a protective boot on Monday.

Buffalo Bills left tackle Demetrius Bell could miss a fourth straight game because of a right shoulder injury. Coach Chan Gailey said backup LT Chris Hairston has a better shot at returning than Bell. Hairston has missed one game with a right ankle injury. Defensive tackle Kyle Williams has already been ruled out for a third straight game with a nagging foot injury.

The Minnesota Vikings head into their bye week and all indications are that cornerback Antoine Winfield (neck injury) will return for the next game, at Green Bay on Nov. 14.

Redskins tight end Fred Davis has a sprained left ankle and is in a walking boot. According to coach Mike Shanahan, Davis should be back in "hopefully not too long."

Cleveland Browns running back Montario Hardesty has a torn calf muscle and is expected to miss some games. Coach Pat Shurmur said Hardesty is wearing a protective boot. The second-year back was starting because Peyton Hillis missed his second straight game with a hamstring injury.

Cincinnati Bengals middle linebacker Rey Maualuga said he jogged without pain and his hoping to return for Sunday's game against Tennessee. He's missed the past two games with a sprained left ankle.

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